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JSQ June 27th, 2007 03:29 PM

car cover solutions for the odd shaped vehicle?
 
I really need to cover up the disco.

I don't drive it that frequently and it spends a lot of time sitting exposed to the elements.
Basically, I drive it to the car wash and then it sits till I drive it to the carwash again.

I want to cover it up.

I'm not willing to go all out and get a custom car cover.
If I did that I'd want it to fit absolutely perfectly and it's not unforseeable that my roof(rack) line would change somehow and then it would be all screwed up.

What's a good off-the-shelf covering for a vehicle with as funky a shape as this:


So far the only solution I can come up with is getting a surplus parachute. It seems like the thing to cover up funky cars like trail disco1s or DeLoreans set up for time travel or what have you.
Not really a great solution though.

Does anyone happen to know if the dimensions of any other stock vehicle match that of a modded disco?
Say a cover for a full size Bronco or something like that?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

dannydisco June 27th, 2007 08:23 PM

Old Izuzu Trooper or GX470 maybe? They're about the only SUV's I can think of that are tall, skinny, and short enough to match a racked Discovery.

I can't imagine that a parachute would be the best choice as I'd think it'd let UV rays through and can't really be all that water proof, can it? Your best non-car cover bet may be to find an old cheap tent/rain fly to make work or maybe even a boat cover.

Probably the cheapest and easiest option is to measure your truck and go with a generic car cover based off of those measurements.

greghirst June 27th, 2007 08:39 PM

I bought a cheap semi-custom cover at Pep Boys for ~$70. The box claimed it fit certain size SUV's including Discovery's, RRC's, Ford Explorers, etc. It definitely is NOT form-fitting and has alot of extra room.

I use it to camouflage the '87 RRC parts truck from the wandering HOA nazi's that haunt the neighborhood. Even thought it's parked kind of out of sight, if it was uncovered it would be obvious it's not a runner.

dmarchand June 28th, 2007 06:28 AM

I use the LR factory cover for my 90, however with the rack, the cover just rides a little bit higher right at the level of the sliders. I would imagine you would see the same result with the Disco. However I believe the 90 cover was made with extra frontal room for the bull bar (something to check on). Not sure how tight fitting the disco cover would be. It is cut to fit a rig with no rack and thus nearly reaches the ground. My disco II cover is this way.

Of course, you could get the factory cover and modify it with fabric from the parachute, etc. Would be easy to open up some of the seams and add some fabric where needed to get a solid fit.

Matt Kendrick June 28th, 2007 10:07 AM

i say you get one of these, lol. maybe they make one for SUV's.

http://www.carcapsule.com/index.html

you'll be the hit of your neighborhood.

Bender June 28th, 2007 11:49 AM

Perhaps something like this?

http://www.coverbonanza.com/7514/262...ler-Cover.html

Not exactly elegant and wouldn't be form-fitting. Even the smallest size might be too much. About 20'L x 8.5'W x 8.5'H for the Model 1. Length seems to be the biggest problem.

traveltoad June 30th, 2007 05:36 PM

What did you decide Jack?

hochung June 30th, 2007 09:58 PM

maybe i can give him all the mega million tickets and he can glue them together to make a cover?

JSQ July 2nd, 2007 11:13 AM

I think that the best bet may be to simply cruise parking lots for inspiration.

Try to really look at the silhouette of a vehicle instead of it's styling and find something with a similar profile. That way I can buy an off the shelf car cover that whill serve the purpose.

I think the parachute idea will just be too sloppy, even worse than an ill-fitting car cover.

There has to be some car out there that is the right shape. Once we find it it will be easy.

Aaron, I'll keep you informed since our trucks have a nearly identical profile.

parantaeyang July 2nd, 2007 11:41 AM

Buy one that is made for Bummer H1 or H2.

It HAS to be big enough to cover anything. Right?:pp

JSQ July 2nd, 2007 12:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by parantaeyang
Buy one that is made for Bummer H1 or H2.

It HAS to be big enough to cover anything. Right?:pp



I'm trying to avoid one that's too long.

I'd like for it to fit snugly at the ends of the vehicle even if it's loose over the top.

I need a short and tall vehicle.

dchapman July 2nd, 2007 01:43 PM

Just get out your sewing machine.

traveltoad July 2nd, 2007 07:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JSQ
I think that the best bet may be to simply cruise parking lots for inspiration.

Try to really look at the silhouette of a vehicle instead of it's styling and find something with a similar profile. That way I can buy an off the shelf car cover that whill serve the purpose.

I think the parachute idea will just be too sloppy, even worse than an ill-fitting car cover.

There has to be some car out there that is the right shape. Once we find it it will be easy.

Aaron, I'll keep you informed since our trucks have a nearly identical profile.


I'll look around too. There is a guy around the corner who always seems to have a few different vehicles under covers.... I'll ask him for any ideas the next time I see him in his front yard.

dmarchand July 3rd, 2007 05:36 AM

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Finally was able to get around to taking a few pictures. I use covers for the rovers when we are at the family beach place since we don't have a garage yet. The DII cover is new this year so it is a tight fit with the faux bull bar.

The d-90 cover fits no matter which roof rack I have on. I believe it is made to fit a non-rack vehicle. But as you can see, accommodates the rack and simply just exposes more of the tires and the lower rear quarters. The 90 cover is the original LR version (and is 4 years old). The DII cover is the AB version.

I've left them on in decent nor'easters and they've held up well. You could probably get the DII cover since it would give you more material for the rack. Let me know if you need any measurements.

JSQ July 3rd, 2007 10:36 AM

Tom has the genuine D2 cover, I might try fitting it to the disco1.
I think it will be a stretch, but we'll see...

mtnrovr March 17th, 2008 03:27 PM

Jack,
Were you able to find a suitable cover for your Disco?
I also want to cover my Disco, but haven't found a good method.
Thanks.

JSQ March 19th, 2008 10:21 AM

I followed Greg's advice and went to pep boys.
I got the cover sized for an Escalade.
It fits everything I have well enough and fits the 110 like it was make for it.

mtnrovr March 19th, 2008 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JSQ
cover sized for an Escalade...fits the 110 like it was make for it.

:pp

Thanks Jack!

mtnrovr April 16th, 2008 03:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JSQ
I followed Greg's advice and went to pep boys.
I got the cover sized for an Escalade.
It fits everything I have well enough and fits the 110 like it was make for it.


Jack, went to Pep Boys got a cover sized for an Escalade, and it ended up a bit small. Basically the bottom third of the door was still exposed. Is that how yours turned out to be too?

Don't know if it makes any difference in regards to height, but which was yours sized for?

The regular Escalade:

or the Escalade ESV:
Thanks.

mtnrovr April 17th, 2008 07:50 AM

problem solved. went to pep boys and exchanged my undersized escalade (not esv) cover with one sized for a ford excursion. it's definitely not form-fitting, but it covered everything except maybe half of my tires. disco is happy now. :D

Matt Kendrick May 19th, 2011 05:20 PM

dusting this one off.

it's time to park the disco on the side of the house and relegate it to weekend warrior.

how are these covers holding up? good / bad / indifferent?

JSQ May 19th, 2011 08:46 PM

The pep boys covers I got didn't hold up very well. They tore easily and disintegrated in the washing machine.

nosivad_bor June 5th, 2013 07:36 AM

I'm in the market for a cover. Will probably get the Escalade one for now. Matt , what did you use? How did it work?

Thanks,
Rob

Matt Kendrick June 6th, 2013 03:27 PM

Nada. Couldn't find anything that looked like it would last. I just keeping taking it out every few weeks to get washed and waxed.

traveltoad June 6th, 2013 04:02 PM

I bought a PepBoys cover... something for a big American SUV... it has been holding up pretty well.


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